Barry Davis, the longtime crew chief for sportsman racing legend David Rampy joined Luke and Jed this week to discuss his role and the role that crew members (who are often family members and/or friends) play in racing everywhere. The guys led the show with some big talk from the weekend: a $50,000-to-win NO SPLIT final round. As always, they covered notable results from across the country and previewed this weekend’s biggest upcoming events.
This week, the guys got to catch up with the most recent winner on the NHRA Top Sportsman tour, Don O’Neal, who claimed his second win of the 2018 season in bizarre (and controversial) fashion last week in Chicago. Don talked about that, his hot start to the season, and the cloud of tragedy hanging over the entire Top Sportsman class. In addition, Luke & Jed covered the big weekend in Chicago including the annual JEGS All-Stars competition and big dollar bracket racing from around the country.
It’s the end of the month and you know what that means! It’s JJ’s top ten! This time around, JJ not only broke down his top 5 Super Pro and Bottom Bulbers from the month of May, but added in a Jr. Dragster segment. In addition, the guys broke down a massive holiday weekend that included a legendary performance from Kevin Pollard, and no less than half a dozen standout performances from across the country.
In this episode, the guys took an opportunity to sit down with the masterminds behind the SDPC Dream Team Challenge: Gaylon Rolison and Britt Cummings. The duo explained how the unique Dream Team idea came to fruition, and all four (Gaylon, Britt, Luke & Jed) discussed their excitement for the weekend that lies ahead. Britt even got a few jabs in at Johnny Bracket Racer, as that epic grudge match will culminate this weekend in Memphis as well! In addition, the guys broke down last week’s action, which was NHRA heavy with several results that could impact the national championship chases throughout the sportsman landscape.
In this episode, the guys deviate significantly from the typical show for an interview with Bruce Deveau, a licensed psychotherapist and Performance Consultant and the author of the popular Racer’s Mind series of audio trainings and workbooks. In the interview, they had a wide ranging discussion on optimal mental performance, how sports psychology applies behind the wheel, and also touched on the topic of mastery and our pursuit of it. In addition, the guys previewed the upcoming Dream Team Challenge, discussed the pending culmination of the Cummings vs. Ezell grudge match, and even talked a little smack about their own teams as they prepare for Memphis.
In this episode, the guys were joined by the driver of the Kalitta Racing Global Electronic Technology Funny Car, Shawn Langdon. Prior to his nitro fame, Shawn was a 2-time national champion in Super Comp, and also has a Jr. Dragster national title to his credit (he’s the only driver to date to hold titles in Jr. Dragster, a sportsman category, and a professional category: Top Fuel). Shawn talked a bit about his foray in the Funny Car category, brought us up to speed on his sportsman racing operation, and his latest project: The Nomex Effect podcast that he hosts with teammate J.R. Todd. In addition, Luke & Jed had a lengthy discussion about the tragic events of the past week, and what it means going forward. And, as always they recapped the major action from the week that was, including the Spring Fling Galot, the NHRA Southern Nationals, and more.
This week’s episode kicked off with the monthly breakdown from Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast Lead (and only) Correspondent, J.J. Pennington. In it, the best 12-year-old announcer in the world unveiled the second edition of “J.J.’s Top Ten.” Luke & Jed then reviewed an entertaining list of “retro” racing phrases submitted by you the listeners and threw in a few entertaining stories to boot. They recapped the past week of on track action, highlighted by the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, as well as big bucks bracket action from across the country.
Randell Reid, the winner of last weekend’s Spring Fling Million joined Luke & Jed on this episode to recap and relive his huge victory over J.R. Lobner in Friday’s main event. While Randell and J.R. were obviously the big story, their success was at least somewhat overshadowed by a staging controversy earlier in the day involving Johnny Ezell. The guys put Johnny Bracket Racer on trial so to speak, and weigh in on the intentions and ramifications of his actions. In addition, they broke down the Bigfoot $40k’s from Darlington, the first IHRA Sportsman Spectacular from Baton Rouge, and the NHRA national event from Houston.
In this episode, Luke & Jed are joined by last weekend’s $175,000 Powerball of Drag Racing winner, Brandon Taylor. Brandon gives us a bit of a round-by-round of how the biggest windfall of his drag racing career to date happened, and what was going through his head in that crazy final round sequence. In addition, the boys recapped the weekend action from not only the Powerball event, but also NHRA Lucas Oil Series action from Texas, Las Vegas and North Carolina. They previewed what may well be the biggest weekend of the sportsman drag racing season coming up: Spring Fling Million, Bigfoot $40k’s, and more. And they closed the show with the popular #RacingAnswers segment.
In this episode, the guys got the unique opportunity to catch up with Jeff Lambert, the president of Armed Forces Racing. Jeff shared his unique path into drag racing and how he has intertwined his passion for our sport with his military background to genuinely impact the lives of veterans. In addition, Luke & Jed recapped the week that was, which was highlighted by stellar performances by sportsman competitors from coast to coast. They also previewed this week’s SFG Powerball event in Jackson, SC and even spent a little time rehashing the Masters.
In this episode, the guys got the opportunity to sit down for a great conversation with the minds behind the Spring Fling Million and the Spring Fling brand: Kyle Seipel & Peter Biondo. They previewed the upcoming event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that does offer the largest guaranteed purse in all of drag racing for 2018. They also provided a behind the scenes glimpse at the ups and downs of race promotion. In addition, Luke & Jed recapped the Southern Big Buck Nationals in Belle Rose, LA and look ahead to a busy month of April on the sportsman scene. Of course this podcast wouldn’t be complete without a final look back at the NCAA tournament and the podcast bad beat bracket. It’s our version of “One Shining Moment”
This episode features the first segment from the lead (and only) correspondent of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast: J.J. Pennington and the debut of J.J.’s Top Ten! In addition, PJ North knocks it out of the park with some professional sound for the Final Four of the podcast bad beat bracket and the intro for J.J.’s Top Ten. The guys touch on big bucks action from Huntsville, AL, bottom bulb action from Gulfport, MS, and the NHRA Lucas Oil Series from Houston, TX before closing with a Final Thought on track prep. Today’s episode is presented in part by our friends at PortaTree, ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE, Siebert Performance, and the AHRA!
In today’s episode, the guys update the Podcast Bad Beat Bracket to represent the Sweet 16, complete with several new, listener suggested additions! They recap the weekend’s biggest events (Tenn-Tuck, Gatornationals, and big bucks action from Oklahoma and Virginia), and close the show by catching up with Dallas Page, the winner of the recent Racing RV’s sponsorship contest via ThisIsBracketRacing ELITE. Thanks to our partners for presenting this week’s show: Siebert Performance, AHRA, PortaTree, and The Spring Fling Galot.
This week’s podcast features a recap of the week that was: NHRA in Gainesville, big bucks in Tucson and the SFG opener in Georgia, plus the guys get into some Facebook drama from the week! Luke & Jed were joined by this week’s Seibert Performance “Who’s Hot” recipient: Lane Dicken, hot off his $100,000 victory in Reynolds, GA. In addition, they rolled out their own version of March Madness, tying outrageous (and common) racing “bad beat” stories to the top seeds of the NCAA tournament. It made for an enjoyable (if not somewhat ridiculous) episode.
On this week’s episode, Luke & Jed were joined by legendary announcer, journalist and racer Bret Kepner to discuss the Sportsman Drag Racing Hall of Fame idea in greater depth. We doubt anyone has more diversity in experience or a greater knowledge of the history of drag racing than Kepner - he’s like a walking, talking encyclopedia (as you’ll hear on this episode). Hear his takes and some fascinating facts on our sport, in addition to the guys’ weekly recap of major events from around the country.
Should Sportsman Drag Racing have its own Hall Of Fame? If so, where would it be located? And who gets first ballot induction? Luke & Jed discuss these ideas and share their thoughts on this week’s episode. In addition, they cover last weekend’s biggest newsmakers from Phoenix to Orlando to Montgomery, and more!
In this episode Jed is welcomed by co-host Kevin Brannon, while Luke goes on vacation and takes the week off. Jed and KB discuss a pit incident at Gulfport dragway over the weekend, as well as some King of the Coast results. The guys discuss KB’s move into racing full time, and the upcoming divisional at Orlando. They also highlight a few upcoming events. To finish up the episode, Luke gives us a #RACINGANSWERS segment on top end driving.
Bottom bulb racers have been waiting for it: It’s the Bottom Bulb version of the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast Top 25! Luke, Jed, and Mark recruited 12 distinguished panelists to assemble the top 25: listen to see who came out on top, who earned Top 25 status, and who got snubbed! Luke Siebert, of Siebert Performance and a notable bottom bulb racer of his own right, joined the show this week to break down the results and give his take. In addition, Luke & Jed cover the weekend’s results from Pomona and discuss upcoming events slated for this weekend.
On this week’s episode, Luke & Jed sit down for a lengthy interview with reigning NHRA Top Dragster World Champion Lynn Ellison. Within that segment, Lynn recaps his amazing 2017 season, talks about the opportunity to compete alongside his daughter Madison, and what it’s like to bracket race at well over 200 mph. In addition, the guys rehash their NHRA picks from last episode in preparation for the NHRA season opener in Pomona. The episode closes with an appearance from newly minted Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast correspondent, JJ Pennington!
National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joins Luke and Big Jed this week as they perform their annual NHRA Championship Draft. A year ago, Luke smoked Big Jed in the competition: and as a result, Jed’s “Big Red” Nova will feature a custom decal throughout 2018 to make sure everyone knows it! This year, Kevin, who helped the duo with their picks last season, got in on the action and picked a team of his own. The trio each selected three drivers in each of the NHRA sportsman categories as their own “Dream Team” of sorts. The show is a bit NHRA heavy this week, as Luke & Jed also discuss the advent of an 1/8th mile NHRA Division Series in the Southeast Division, and the addition of Virginia Motorsports Park to the NHRA National Event Schedule. Luke closes this week’s show with a “Final Thought” on the future of bracket racing.
This week, the guys are joined by 2-time NHRA World Champion Sherman Adcock, Jr. and the trio takes turns telling racing stories of yesteryear: entertaining tales from their youth and what feels like a little different time in sportsman drag racing. Jed shares a story that begins with losing a race car (quite literally) and ends in the winner’s circle. Sherman tells us about the early days of NHRA Super Gas, and highlights a few of the personalities of that time period. And Luke adds in the story of his first race day at his home track - a couple years shy of being a licensed driver. In addition, they talk about the ceasing of drag race competition at Englishtown, and touch on some of the upcoming events, news, and deadlines in the sport.
Some of the most discussed - and often most avoided - questions in the world of sportsman drag racing swirl around the issue of Commercial Vehicle mandates and the DOT laws as they apply to racers. In this episode, Luke & Jed do their best to get to the bottom of it, with the help of two highly respected industry professionals: Joe Fisher (Racing RV’s), and John Dibartolomeo (Drag Racing Edge). Joe and John help shed some light on towing and CDL requirements for our racing operations.
This episode was a real treat for Jed & Luke, as they got to sit down for a lengthy interview with recent NHRA World Champion and sportsman racing icon, David Rampy. In his interview, Rampy talked about everything from his Alabama roots to the intricacies of Competition Eliminator; his racing mentor, his team, and his drive to continue earning his living within sportsman competition. It’s one you don’t want to miss!
The boys are back! After a week off for the holidays, Luke and Jed return – and they bring the goods this week in an episode sure to get everyone talking. In this episode, the guys rank the top 25 top bulb bracket racers in the world! Who’s number 1? Who missed the cut? Find out in an episode dedicated almost exclusively to poll banter. In addition, the guys touch on a handful of events that have been released in recent weeks, and close the show with the popular #RacingAnswers segment.
Here it is! By listener vote, Luke & Jed recap the “Best of” 2017: best single event performance, best event, biggest controversy, best story, and the granddaddy of them all: the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast 2017 Driver of the Year. In addition to breaking down the ballots, the guys discuss the passing of legendary NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden, update the listeners on some recent announcements, and close with a final thought on the sustainability of the current big dollar bracket racing landscape.